Thursday, February 23, 2017

Devin Carroll - February 23, 2017 - Conservatives address climate change with cash

Conservatives address climate change with cash

February 23, 2017

Republicans seek market solutions to our problems. They now have a conservative plan to slow emissions of carbon dioxide, which causes climate warming.

The Climate Leadership Council just released “The Conservative Case for Carbon Dividends.” Each family receives a dividend of thousands of dollars annually. The money comes from taxes on carbon fuels.
But regulations on these fuels would be rolled back, to let the market work its magic.

Current regulations require auto companies to average 54.5 mpg by 2025.

With a carbon tax, one company might focus on larger vehicles, improving mileage but not meeting the old government standard. Another company could focus on electrics and hybrids and beat the standard.

The entire market would be pushed toward fuel savings, with businesses free to chart their own strategies.

Americans will conserve to help their budgets, and to contribute patriotically to the public good. Inventors and entrepreneurs will flourish by producing new technologies. The American economy will grow because green energy creates more jobs than fossil fuels.

All of the CLC leaders are conservative Republicans. Please encourage your congressional representatives to look at this plan.

Devin Carroll, Fresno

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Vicki Hellenas - February 1, 2017 - Frenzied president: Slow down, talk less and listen more.

 Frenzied president: Slow down, talk less and listen more.
 February 1, 2017
The flurry of action in the government ending the first week of President Trump’s reign is worrisome. So far, much of the White House directive has not seemed well thought out or supportive of the enlightened and humane trend we are used to in addressing social injustice, human rights, climate and other problems, at home or abroad.

At times, it has appeared our new president sits at his desk and brandishes his pen like a corporate CEO. America is not a business enterprise. Just one hotbed issue, such as remaking energy policy along low-carbon lines, or establishing new guidelines to vet incoming immigrants, could feasibly consume months of planning and development.

Now, abruptly it seems, we have life-changing directives being fired off after less than two weeks in office. What is fueling this frenetic activity coming out of the White House? Trump’s senior advisers seem unable to slow him down. Or perhaps, the leadership around the leader hasn’t noticed that the chaos and protests across the country are growing louder?

Trump works for America now. He is no longer a CEO in the corporate mold. He needs to slow down, talk less, and listen more.

Vicki Hellenas, Fresno

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